JOHN 13:34-35 – A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Jesus was the embodiment of God’s love for the world. Now Christians are the ones to embody Christ’s love for others. Loving others is the surest sign to the world that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. The sacrificial love of Jesus is the ultimate example. Your love for others should be strong enough to help them endure through the hostilities of the world. Your love should equip people to confront and overcome the challenges of life. Your love should support the weak, comfort the feeble, and be patient toward all (1 Thessalonians 5:13). Christ’s love bore the burdens of others, and he imbued them with strength (Matthew 11:28-30). We, too, are called to be burden bearers (Galatians 6:2).
Several years ago as my wife returned home from running errands, she happened to discover an unfortunate situation in our neighborhood. A woman had an accident in which she lost control of her electric wheelchair, resulting in her crashing and falling into the nearby brush. My wife, joined by her mother and our children, immediately stopped and rushed to her aid. The woman had only minor scratches, but was very shaken. The grateful woman was surprised to be helped until she discovered that her rescuers were Christians. Followers of Jesus are notably marked by their love for others, and that truth was evidently on display in this situation.
Demonstrating empathy and compassion can be as simple as providing a listening ear, stopping by to visit a friend, dropping off a cup of coffee, or sending an encouraging text. Sure, there will be bigger situations in which you will need to “rise to the occasion,” but you can make expressions of love a daily habit.
What are you showing to the world? How do you respond when others are in need of love? Are you encouraging to the hurting? Do you help the weak? Perhaps you find yourself being critical, belittling, or indifferent. Follow the example of Jesus’ love to be known as a loyal follower who loves others.
Daily Reading: John 13:31-35
Bible Reading Challenge: 21 Days of Love
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